ERIC Number: ED473847
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Essential but Often Ignored: Child Care Providers in the Subsidy System. Assessing the New Federalism: An Urban Institute Program to Assess Changing Social Policies. Occasional Paper.
Adams, Gina; Snyder, Kathleen; Tout, Kathryn
As part of the "Assessing the New Federalism" project monitoring and assessing the devolution of social programs from the federal to the state and local levels, this report examines the child care providers upon whom the child care subsidy system depends. The report relies on data collected from subsidy agency administrators, key child care experts, child care caseworkers, parents, and providers in 17 sites across 12 states. The report focuses on subsidy policies and practices that can shape the experiences of providers serving subsidized children, including how much providers are paid and how providers experience the subsidy system. The report's findings suggest that a number of policies and practices can affect how much child care providers receive and the ease of their interactions with the subsidy system. In some cases, policies and practices appeared to undercut the amount providers received or made it more difficult for providers to interact with the subsidy system. Respondents suggested that these issues may also ultimately affect the willingness and ability of providers to participate in the subsidy system, thereby affecting whether children receiving subsidies have equal access to the range of providers available to nonsubsidized children. These policies and practices may have implications for the financial stability of providers and the quality of care they provide. Although a range of more supportive practices was also identified, the report notes that implementing these strategies is challenging within the current context of inadequate funding for children. The report's three appendices describe the study methodology, list the provider focus group participants, and compare the subsidies received by a hypothetical provider under various scenarios. (Contains 68 notes and 24 references.) (KB)
Descriptors: Administrators, Agency Role, Change Strategies, Child Care, Child Caregivers, Focus Groups, Interviews, Parents, Public Policy, Social Workers, State Agencies, Welfare Recipients
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Chicago, IL.; David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Los Altos, CA.; Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.; Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, New Brunswick, NJ.; Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Urban Inst., Washington, DC.